Howard Johnson Bluenose Inn and Suites Halifax

636 Bedford Hwy, (formerly Days Inn Halifax), Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3M 2L8, Canada
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Sightseeing east of Halifax

by oshawa

Hello, Will be in Halifax Sept13/17 and have an interest in harbour's etc.,. Would a driving trip (-1-day) travelling east of Halifax along the southern coast be of worthwhile. Love the island, second visit in 2 years and pretty well know any trip is good but considering we are only here for 4 days we would prefer to see the best................Thank-you

Re: Sightseeing east of Halifax

by GrumpyDiver

I've driven up the south-east a bit and it's nice enough, but I wouldn't put it on my favourites list. Other than Halifax itself Peggy's Cove, Lunenberg (which are heading west for just a bit over 1 hr to get to Lunenberg), I prefer heading up (north-east)to Cape Breton Island (about 5 hours using Hwy 104, depending on how far you go) and visiting Louisbourg and then driving the Cabot trail through the National Park, Bras d'Or lakes, etc. This is heading in a generally eastern direction. I'm sure you could travel along the coast too, but it would take you a bit longer. You'd be looking at overnighting on the Island if you do this though.

Re: Sightseeing east of Halifax

by pieter_jan_v

Lunenburg is a must; UNESCO World Heritage village.

I once did a one day trip and visited Liverpool, Bridgewater and Mahone Bay too.

The coastal road is fine, but not fast. The highway is faster, but dull (trees; trees; trees; ...).


Re: Sightseeing east of Halifax

by hfx1749

Yeah, your best bet are Peggy's Cove, Mahone Bay, Chester, Lunenburg and either Bridgewater or Liverpool (that area is the Southwestern shore). The Eastern Shore has some places of interest like Memory Lane Heritage Village (Lake Charlotte), Fishermen's Life Museum or Sheet Harbour (The Henley House Pub and Restaurant is fabulous). The Number 7 Highway takes you through Eastern Shore and toward Antigonish and areas on the way to Cape Breton.

Also, I made a podcast dedicated to Halifax (called, "Halifax Landscape HD." You can watch the podcast episodes on YouTube.

Travel Tips for Halifax

City of Universities

by victorwkf

There are many universities in Halifax (e.g. Dalhousie University, University of King's College) and you can see students of many races along the streets of Halifax, making this a really cosmopolitan city. In fact, I noticed many Asian students in Halifax especially Chinese. The buildings of the universities look impressive and historical :)

Deep Sea Fishing

by sswagner

This is one of many activities that one can do while in this area. The North Atlantic coastal region of Canada is full of excellent places to fish and there is a very large fishing industry in this area. The day that our boat went out started slow. Then, I caught a cod and we all caught some Boston bluegills that were so dense that they often ran into the lines and got caught rather than taking the bait. Fishing may not be for everyone, however if you do have the interest, this is an excellent place to try it.

Halifax Explosion

by tvor

December 6 might be a "day that lives in infamy" regarding the Pearl Harbour invasion, but it has another infamous meaning to Haligonians. On Dec 6, 1917 two ships collided in Halifax harbour, the Imo and the Mont Blanc. The Imo was carrying relief supplies for WWI and the Mont Blanc was carrying explosives for the war effort. The Mont Blanc caught on fire and at 9:05 a.m. it exploded sky high. IT was the biggest man made explosion before the nuclear age and leveled the north end of Halifax and Dartmouth on either side of the harbour.

Two thousand were killed and thousands more were injured, many blinded from flying glass. Thousands were homeless and windows broke all over the city. China rattled on shelves as far away as Truro and New Glasgow, some 75 miles away. The next day, a winter blizzard hit.

The army set up rows of tents for temporary shelter. Schools and churches were turned into hospitals and mortuaries all over the city. The city of Boston immediately sent a train full of supplies and medical help, the first among many other places to offer help. The city slowly crawled to its feet, rebuilding began in the spring. There is a memorial on Fort Needham in the north end and a service there every year on the anniversary. There are still a few people who survived the explosion alive, in their 80's and 90's.

And every year for the last 35 or so years, Nova Scotia donates a Christmas Tree for Boston's city square in thanks.

Take a stroll through The...

by BillyInHfx

Take a stroll through The Public Gardens. It's North America's oldest (and largest?) Victorian-style garden. This is hard to miss - just follow the throngs of people along Spring Garden Road. Trivia: The front gates were purchased from a bankrupt garden from somewhere in the UK. Feeding the pigeons - hold out a hand of peanuts and watch them land in your hands.. feeding the ducklings in the spring. and packing a lunch, sitting back and enjoying the flowers, the trees and the sunshine. A little paradise in the middle of the city.

Take time to enjoy the...

by irish_lass

Take time to enjoy the waterfront of Halifax. It is a lively area with the Historic Properties, museums, art gallery and many shops, restaurants and pubs. Then head up to Spring Garden Road where you will always find many people roaming up and down this busy and vibrant street. In the summer make sure you stop at a sidewalk bar, cafe or pub and just enjoy the day. At night make sure that you visit some of our famous drinking establishments. We have quite a few and everyone is different and a lot of fun. Especially the Lower Deck, which is a must see. When I am away from Halifax, I miss the people and the friendly atmosphere of Halifax. Everyone wants to meet new people and enojy meeting up with old friends when they are out and about. That is the most wonderful aspect of Halifax. It's friendliness.


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Address: 636 Bedford Hwy, (formerly Days Inn Halifax), Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3M 2L8, Canada